Stress can have a serious impact on your physical and emotional health. When stress is frequent, prolonged or chronic, it can clearly show up on your hair, skin, and nails. Basically, the skin becomes more sensitive and reactive due to prolonged stress which in turn causes various skin problems like fine lines, wrinkles and acne.

What stress does to your skin?

Acne

The outermost epidermal skin cells lie on top of each other and are packed tightly together. These cells are your initial defence against bacteria, viruses and other microbes. But when you experience chronic stress, this protective layer of your skin becomes partially impaired and acne appears on your face.

Acne Skin

Ugly rashes

Anxiety causes an evil effect on human body and itchy rashes are the visible sign of anxiety and stress. These red, raised, and swollen rashes can appear anywhere on the body. Stress triggers a fight or flight response in your body, and releases cortisol and adrenaline hormone into your blood stream, both of which cause skin redness and itchy rashes.

Fine lines 

Do you know that the expressions such as smiling, frowning and squinting can leave everlasting imprints on your skin? Fine lines become visible between the eyebrows when the negative emotions like anger, fear or sadness last for a longer period of time. These “frown lines” are caused by constant eyebrow muscle tension and as you get older, you start seeing these permanent lines on your forehead.

Fine Lines

Skin Dryness 

Yet another negative impact of stress on the skin is dryness, which is caused by the increased level of cortisol hormone. This hormone severely impacts the skin's ability to hold on to water. It also reduces the lipid barrier on the skin cells and allows fluids to evaporate; the resulting water loss reduces natural glow of your skin resulting in dry, damaged and lifeless skin.

Sleep deprivation

A deep night’s sleep plays a very important role in controlling cortisol hormone. Sleep is also a natural healer for all the skin damages suffered by the body during the daytime. Increased level of anxiety and stress can disrupt your sleep and lack of sleep can increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. Moreover, when you are sleep- deprived, your body produces more stress hormone; and elevated levels of cortisol may result in inflammation in your body which further damage the quality of skin.

Sleep Depreviation

Hair loss

However there may be a number of health issues behind hair-loss, but most of the hair experts believe stress is the most significant reason for unexplained hair loss in men and women. Excessive stress can cause hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the telogen (fall-out) phase.

Hair Loss

 Itching

There is a clear relationship between the itching sensation and the reflex mechanism of scratching. It has been noted that patients with severe itch are usually highly stressed-out or anxious people. Stress in your body boosts certain harmful chemicals in the skin and blood streams that causes increased blood flow and redness.  

Excessive anxiety and stress also impacts your digestive system and makes it more acidic. In stressful conditions, the blood is shunted away from the digestive system, which makes its functioning very slow. The experts claim that several skin problems like dryness, blemishes and dullness are mainly caused by impaired digestive system.

How to treat stress related skin problems-

  • YOGA AND MEDITATION: Although, it is important to receive medical skin treatments in order to find the underlying cause of the problem but several medical researchers have proved that stress management practices like yoga and meditation etc. can also significantly improve the stress related skin disorders.

Yoga and Meditation

 

  • ANTI-AGEING TREATMENT: Schedule an anti-aging facial treatment which mainly focuses on alleviating signs of aging skin. Highly effective restorative herbal ingredients are used in anti- aging facial treatments. These herbs make your skin smoother, firmer and more youthful. Today spas and wellness centres offer a range of luxurious facial, massage and body treatments to banish stress; a facial treatment can take years off your face without having to undergo any painful surgery. So, it is a good idea to invest in a rejuvenating and de-stressing facial treatment at a spa near you.

Head Massage

 

  • BODY MASSAGE: It is a well-known fact that a massage is a great way of relaxing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Results of various clinical studies show that regular massage with essential oil may help in the treatments of dry and scaly skin lesions.

Massage stimulates blood flow in your body, which in turn can fade lines, tighten skin, and make your skin radiant. When your muscles are relaxed, it becomes easier to achieve deep sleep which allows you to perform your daily activities with a totally re-energized and recharged mind. Apart from relaxing your muscles, it also lowers heart rate and blood pressure.

  • AROMATHERAPY: Aromatherapy massage is extremely helpful in the treatment of anxiety and stress- induced skin problems. Soothing massage performed with aromatic substances takes away all your stress and help alleviate harmful toxins from your body.  The nurturing touch of skilled therapists’ may give you great relief from muscle tensions and cramps too.

Aromatherpay Treatment

 

  • AROMATHERAPY FACIAL: Aromatherapy facials are becoming so popular among people who strongly believe in the benefits using of essential oils for healthy and glowing skin. According to your skin type, a combination of essential oils and herbal aromatic products are used in aromatherapy skin treatments. Facials and mud baths detoxify the skin and give you relief from stress induced skin problems like pimples, acne and rashes.

These quick and relatively affordable spa treatments and massages offer you both mental as well as physical health benefits. All-over body treatment stimulates cell renewal and makes your skin soft, supple and radiant. Spa treatments like body exfoliating treatments and body wraps polish the skin, promote cell re-generation which in turn removes dull surface cells, wrinkles, signs of aging, and improves overall skin-tone.

Stress has become an integral part of any urban life. Constant demand to perform brilliantly at work, in family life and in society makes you awfully stressful. Therefore, it is necessary to escape into another world and shun all external stimuli for a few hours so that you can relax and recharge your batteries. A day at your favourite spa can provide you this much needed “me” time.